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Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven is also recognized world wide as "Ode to Joy." From Beethoven’s final complete symphony, completed in 1824, this masterpiece is considered to be one of the best-known pieces of classical music in the Western world. Among critics it is arguably among Beethoven’s greatest works and possibly the greatest piece of music ever written.
This lullaby’s melody is one of the most recognized around the world and is used by millions of parents to sing their children to sleep. The FM Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jane Linde Capistran, plays this famous tune for an audience of grade school students.
This piece is actually the overture to Franz von Suppe’s operetta Light Cavalry. The operetta premiered in Vienna in 1866, and while the overture is in the repertoire of orchestras around the world, the full operetta is rarely performed.
What instruments make up the precussion family in an orchestra and what do they sound like? A quick tour of the instruments in the percussion family, including two instruments not often thought to be members of this family. Conductor Jane Linde Capistran also has members of this family demonstrate the diverse ways to play the cymbals.
Jane Linde Capistran explains the woodwinds instruments through the musicians demonstration of melody and harmony with excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.
Jane Linde Capistran explains the various instruments in the string family. She has the orchestra demonstrate how the size of the instrument determines the instrument’s pitch.
The most important job of the conductor is to keep a beat for the orchestra to follow. Jane Linde Captistran teaches the students in the audience how to conduct a three-count beat pattern and invites them to conduct Brahms’ Lullaby along with her.
Using a few measures from the Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppe, conductor Jane Linde Capistran introduces the different brass instruments along with vocabulary words: fanfare, melody, and cadenza.
This lively piece conjures up distant memories of the Wild West, gunslingers, barn dances, and stampedes. Most recently this piece, by American composer Aaron Copland, was used by the Beef Checkoff in their “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” advertisements.
Orchestras play classical music, but they also play popular music like movie soundtracks. Listen to FM Symphony play the second movement from Harry Potter.
Orchestras play classical music, but they also play popular music like movie soundtracks. Listen to FM Symphony play the first movement from Harry Potter.
Featuring many different members of the percussion family, Danzas Cubanas is actually a collection of three Latin American dances: the conga, the salsa, and the mambo.
Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake, a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by FM Symphony Orchestra. The ballet Swan Lake, composed between 1875 and 1876, is based on Russian folk tales. It tells the story of a princess who was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse; this selection appears in Act II as the swan-princess meets her hero.
Written in 1887 by Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff; this piece is actually inspired by Spanish folk melodies. The work was originally intended to be for a solo violin with the orchestra, but the composer decided that the full orchestra would make the pieces even livelier. These selections also clearly show cadenzas for each of the families in the orchestra. Between pieces, conductor Jane Linde Capistran addresses her audience and explains the different sections of the orchestra while using vocabulary fundamental to music education.
Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it's hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul and Winnipeg. This original song by Minnesota musician Elsia Korenne tells the tale of willpower and cut-throat competition that brought steamboats to the Red and made them work.
Singer songwriter Elisa Korenne of New York Mills, Minnesota writes original songs about historical people and events of the northern plains. In 1893, northern Minnesota was experiencing a logging boom but it was a dangerous industry. Back then, health insurance was in the form of health tickets to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, MN. Sister Amata Mackett of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery sold these tickets to lumberjacks and quickly became know as Sister Lumberjack.
Singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne of New York Mills, Minnesota, writes songs about unusual characters and obscure events in Minnesota history.
Singer songwriter Elisa Korenne of New York Mills, MN writes original songs about historical people and events of the northern plains. One such figure is Rachel Calof. She traveled from Russia to North Dakota in 1894 as an immigrant homesteader and a mail order bride. Her story is a riveting and candid look at the hardships of life on the prairie.
In 1947, Jay Hormel founded the Hormel Girls to create jobs for women veterans of World War II and to promote Hormel products like Spam and Dinty Moore. The glamourous group of musicians and singers grew to include 60 members and was a top rated show on three national radio networks. The Hormel Girls are a true treasure of Minnesota history and an early symbol of the independent woman.
Susan Frenier Brown was a mixed-blood Dakota Indian, and although she was surrounded by influential people who had an impact on politics in the mid and late 1800’s, her own identity and story has been somewhat lost to history. Minnesota musician Elisa Korenne explores this shadowy figure in her original song "Who Was I?"